Views from the Sofa’s 100 Greatest Scenes is a list of the 100 greatest moments in the movies. This could be long introductions, moments of action or great dialogue between characters. The scenes are in no particular order and come from … Continue reading 100 Greatest Scenes Number 19: Han Shoots First
There are hundreds of examples of “almost castings;” moments when the studio almost went in a completely different direction for a role and cast an actor we would not associate or even imagine in the role today. The most iconic ones … Continue reading What if?… OJ Simpson had been The Terminator (and other almost castings)
J.J Abrams is clearly a Star Wars fan. That much is clear as you watch the first twenty minutes or so of the The Force Awakens. It feels non-stop and relentless with the storm-troopers, a menacing villain who is not unlike … Continue reading Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Review
Disney have gone full force (sorry) with their Star Wars universe. A film a year, some following the “official” Star Wars story and others filling the gaps in-between or adding some depth to the wider universe. Add to this their original … Continue reading Why Disney should fill in the Star Wars gaps
The Empire Strikes Back is how you do a sequel. The best way of building onto a movie that already has great characters, a solid fan base and a world full of mythology and history is to expand and develop. Don’t … Continue reading Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Review
Star Wars is a film of two halves. After the iconic scrolling text and amazing, triumphant score that opens the movie and once Darth Vader has made his explosive entrance, the movie feels like it grinds to a halt. For a … Continue reading Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) Review
3 of the Best vs 3 of the Worst is exactly what it sounds like – 3 of the best examples of either an actor, film series, genre, etc. versus 3 of the worst. It’s also an opportunity for you … Continue reading 3 of the Best vs 3 of the Worst – Fictional Movie Presidents.
Over the next five years we are going to witness a new era in Hollywood and movie-making – “The Belated Sequel.” Not a reboot, like Spiderman or Batman, not a prequel, like Prometheus, but a straight sequel, carrying on the story … Continue reading Why no film should have more than five years between sequels!
This film would be a lot better if it was just called Cowboys. Before the aliens show up to cause all matter of destruction and chaos, the film follows Daniel Craig’s cowboy into a small, typical western town where he confronts a sheriff, tavern owners and most notably of all, Harrison Ford’s cowboy rancher. Daniel Craig plays the “man with no name” style cowboy really well. He has the mood, the hundred yard stare and the swagger required to walk into bars and taverns and exude a confidence and arrogance that makes people think twice about messing with him. The opening act, … Continue reading Cowboys and Aliens (2011) Review
There are some films I will watch, regardless of the kind of film it is, just because of the actor who is starring in it. Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington are two examples because they very rarely make a bad film. Jim Carrey is another because of how good he can be, even if he isn’t being wacky and crazy. Along the same lines is Will Smith, more because he is very cool and usually his roles reflect that too. Other actors just don’t make films that frequently anymore that when they do star in one, it catches my attention. Harrison Ford is … Continue reading Morning Glory (2010) Review